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Margherita Chicken Pasta, a light and healthy meal!

Candace, Me, and Margherita Chicken Pasta!

Years ago, Candace and I would make a light and healthy chicken spaghetti that was the best ever. But, over the years, that recipe has been lost. Even after searching on the internet off and on, I could not find it. Then, lo and behold, I found a similar recipe that had some of the same ingredients. So, Candace and I got together and re-created the chicken spaghetti that we have longed for. . . and gave it a new name: Margherita Chicken Pasta!

Chicken Spaghetti vs. Margherita Chicken Pasta . . .

From what we could remember about the light and healthy chicken spaghetti from the 1990’s, it had tomatoes, celery, onion, chicken and spaghetti noodles. That was about it. I’m sure there were some spices, like Italian seasoning, but neither of us was sure about that.

So, when I found a Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti recipe on Juliasalbum.com, it looked just like what ours did way back when . . . except for the spinach! So we used this recipe as our “guide” to create the Margherita Chicken Pasta.

Making the Margherita Chicken Pasta . . .

As we remembered,  there was chopped onion, celery, and garlic that was cooked a few minutes in oil in a skillet. Then the tomatoes and chicken were added. Finally the cooked spaghetti noodles were stirred into the pot. Simple. And really healthy and delicious!

The main ingredient that we remembered about that chicken spaghetti was celery. Can you believe that?  Chopped celery, onion, and minced garlic. I got out my big Miracle Maid Dutch Oven that I made it in back in the day. Memories:)

Candace chopped the veggies for the spaghetti, and heated them in the oil. She also shredded the chicken. This is another recipe that you can make using chicken that you already cooked. That’s a saved step in preparing this dish.

Then, in goes the chopped chicken and tomatoes. Meanwhile . . . it simmers while the spaghetti noodles cook.

After the spaghetti is drained, it is added to the sauce and sprinkled with parsley flakes. When Candace dished up the Margherita Chicken Pasta, she added grated parmesan cheese to hers, another excellent topping for this chicken spaghetti!

Then came the taste test! It tasted just like the chicken spaghetti we made 25 years ago:) We were thrilled! And, this Margherita Chicken Pasta is not only quick and easy, it is a much healthier dish than other chicken spaghetti recipes. All it needed was a green salad. . . and . . . maybe garlic bread! Got to have calories from something!!!

What would you serve with this Margherita Chicken Pasta?

Margherita Chicken Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked, cut in chunks or shredded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (I use the kind in a jar)
  • 4 (14.5-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (12-ounce) package spaghetti noodles
  • Parmesan cheese, optional
  • Dried parsley flakes, to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Pour the oil in a large skillet or pot, and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables: celery onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring, a few minutes until the onions look translucent.
  3. Stir in the canned tomatoes. Bring to a low boil.
  4. Add the chicken, basil, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of the chicken broth. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer while the noodles cook.
  5. Boil the spaghetti noodles according to package directions.
  6. When done, drain the noodles, and add to the sauce in the pot. Stir to combine well.
  7. Add more chicken broth if you think it needs it.
  8. Ladle the chicken spaghetti in bowls or on plates to serve.
  9. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.
  10. Garnish with a little dried parsley flakes.

NOTE: You can either add more salt and pepper to the dish or let others add it according to their tastes.

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